Thursday October 8 will see 40 fearless folk (including five guide dog owners) walk across hot coals in front of the iconic floodlit backdrop of Queen’s University, Belfast.

The Fire Walk will be the highlight of this year’s Guide Dogs Week – a week celebrating the incredible guide dog partnerships across the country, raising awareness of the impact of sight loss and fundraising for more life-changing services.


James Cunningham shows off his guide dog pup Bart at Queen’s

Ian Baxter-Crawford,  NI Communications Officer, Guide Dogs & Blind Children UK, explained: “Every day our guide dog owners step out into the unknown and that takes real courage. We’re so excited that people are coming together as part of Guide Dogs Week to take their own step into the unknown and walk over hot coals up to 1200F to raise money for an amazing cause.”

“At Guide Dogs NI we want to change the way that sight loss affects people’s lives, helping them to feel confident, independent and supported in the world. We’re only able to continue this life-changing work with the support of the public, as the guide dog service does not receive any government funding – and to support one guide dog partnership cost us around £50,000.”

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Ian adds, “If you want to help us blaze a trail for Guide Dogs NI, there are still places left and you can sign up at but even if you don’t, pop down on the night and say hi. It’s going to be a pretty impressive spectacle and you can meet some of our guide dog owners (there are five who are actually taking part in the fire walk itself!) and their amazing pups.”

WHERE: Queen’s University Belfast, University Rd, Belfast.

WHEN: Fires will be lit at 6pm – Fire walks will take place between 7.30pm and 8pm.

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